The Walls on Innis Oirr, Ireland

Room for Roots Tour in Ireland

Lauren had always wanted to visit Ireland, and that was our original reason for heading overseas. As for me, I was certainly willing to visit the well: As a teenager, I had been totally immersed in, and passionate about, old-time American fiddle music – which led to my discovery and love of Irish and Scottish tunes. ⇨ Read more

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David Sokol, WRSI: “Room for Roots” by Andy May

There are plenty of fine songs on 2016’s “Room for Roots,” and “Haggard and the Queen” feels like a natural for our Sokol Heroes radio show on WRSI, focusing on artists with roots and connections to Western MA. It’s catchy, heartfelt, and tells an engaging true story…. ⇨ Read more

Allan Block: Fiddler, Poet, Sandal-maker

Allan was a great fiddler, a fine musician, and a wonderful poet and leather craftsman. His sandal-making shop was an established part of New York City’s West Village for many years. And on Saturday afternoons, it became the meeting place for one of the best Old-Time Music jam sessions in the Northeast USA. ⇨ Read more

About Andy

Over a career spanning six decades, Andy has earned a reputation as a “troubadour of life,” an “Americana music pioneer,” a “master of traditional American music styles,” and an “upbeat roots rocker.” His deep-rooted music brings together a variety of influences: blues, bluegrass, folk, old-time and contemporary country, and good ol’ rock-and-roll. ⇨ Read more

Defining Bluegrass

John Bollard, one of my picking buddies, was a fine banjo player who also happened to be a linguist working for Webster’s Dictionary. One day, he told me that he had been assigned the job of writing the first definition of the word “bluegrass” (as in music) for the Webster dictionary.
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